Sarah Pugh, Heart of Kent Hospice Chief Executive says: “Understandably, we have had to cancel all our fundraising activities and close our fourteen charity shops. Our services have always been very dependent on the support of our local community – but most of this income has vanished overnight.

The charity is currently using its reserves to continue to support local terminally ill people through this difficult time, but these savings will run out later this year if it doesn’t receive help soon.

Sarah explained: “Our doctors, nurses and support teams are continuing to help over 880 terminally ill patients and their families, both in their homes and in the Hospice Inpatient Unit. Every day more of our local population will be diagnosed with a terminal illness and will be referred to our care. We know that some people will die before their time because of the coronavirus and we want them to also receive the compassion, comfort and dignity which our Hospice provides.

Sadly, we also know that many more people will need the support of our bereavement services, as families and friends will be left devastated by the sudden loss of those they love and by not being able to say goodbye properly.

Sarah continued: “We understand that times are hard for many at the moment, but ask you to please give what you can.

Donations to support the care of local terminally ill people and their loved ones can be made at www.hokh.org/donation-appeal or call Fundraising 01622 790195. Postal donations can be sent to Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7PU

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